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Who is your local Hero is!!  We want to hear from you! 

Throughout this uncertain time, we are proud to say that the CBA doors have remained open during the pandemic, utilising our strong business networks across  Cheapside to ensure our members and businesses are supported, so that Cheapside can continue to thrive in the future.
 
Amongst all the confusion and abnormalities over the last few months, we know many of you have been working harder than ever to support businesses and each other. The Cheapside Business Alliance would love to hear from you and your stories of those who have really gone above and beyond throughout this challenging time. From the CoL cleansing team who continue to deep clean Cheapside,  to our wonderful NHS and to security teams that work 24/7 to keep offices and businesses safe – CBA would love to hear stories of your local heroes who have helped to keep things moving.
 
To nominate your ‘Local Hero’ for Cheapside, please email claire.dumontier-marriage@cityoflondon.gov.uk by 30th September and we look forward to hearing your nominations.

 
CBA & City of London Corporation Survey Return to Work

The CBA in partnership the City of London Corporation and other City Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) /business partnerships have launched a new survey on the return to work.  The survey will provide consistent and comprehensive intelligence from across the Square Mile on the changing work trends taking place in response to the pandemic.  The survey only takes four minutes to complete and we would really value your input. The findings will be used for intelligence gathering purposes by the City Corporation, the BIDs and business partnerships and we will also share the results anonymously with you.  
 
Please note the map refers to question 2 in the survey.   This will enable us to gauge participation levels from businesses located in our Business improvement District / business partnership jurisdictions. 
 
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SZVZ29Y
 
The deadline for responding to the survey is: Thursday 24 September.  
 
City Giving Day 22nd September 2002

City Giving Day provides a perfect chance for businesses and their employees to think about and celebrate all they do for charities and their local communities. 
 
This year that will be more important than ever, and the day itself (Tuesday 22nd September) will be the ideal opportunity to reflect back on the last few months and applaud the way businesses and their employees have come together to support each other, their communities and, of course, frontline workers.
 
By its nature, City Giving Day brings people together. This year’s event will be very different to previous years, but The Lord Mayor’s Appeal Team are planning for both a virtual and in person City Giving Day.
 
There are several ways that organisations can get involved in City Giving Day. They can: To find out more about our plans for this year’s event, you can watch our pre-recorded webinar here
 
There is no cost involved in registering for City Giving Day (unless you decide to make a donation to The Lord Mayor’s Appeal or sign up for one of our organised events). All funds raised for the LMA will support our four charity partners: Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones, Samaritans and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
 
 

LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK IS BACK IN 2020

Festival extended to the whole month of October
£6 cocktails and immersive experiences in London’s best bars
Every cocktail counts to help the bar scene get back on its feet
Festival passes on sale now at
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Festival Passes are now on sale for the award-winning London Cocktail Week - the world’s biggest city-wide
celebration of cocktails - this year extended to the entire month of October 2020.

With the fantastic success of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, it’s now the turn of London’s
bar scene to get in on the action. London Cocktail Week entices and incentivises cocktail lovers to get back
into their favourite bars – every cocktail counts!

With the backing of five major drinks companies - Brown-Forman, Diageo, Edrington-Beam Suntory UK, Moët Hennessy and Bacardi Ltd - alongside 30 individual drinks brands, the UK drinks industry has come together in a way not seen anywhere else in the world to help London’s cocktail bars get back on their feet.

A £15 festival wristband is valid for the entire month of October and unlocks access to £6 Signature Serves
in hundreds of the best bars in London - each of which have been cherry-picked by the organisers for
excellence. The festival will be specifically championing bars who are committed to their customer safety and will be highlighting venues who are ticking all the boxes with regards to face coverings, cleanliness and
distancing protocol. 

There will be a month-long schedule of physically distanced, ticketed events.

 

 

New look Clean City Award Scheme
 
Is your business looking to be more resource efficient, adopt more sustainable waste and circular economy practices? Is your company trying to improve Air Quality and taking action to reduce its impact on climate change? Whether you are just starting out in these areas or you’ve been making improvements for years, the Clean City Award Scheme is for you! Minimising your impact and increasing resource efficiency not only benefits the environment but also makes business sense as well.
 
The Clean City Awards Scheme (CCAS) has been providing waste management support and advice to City businesses since 1994. Now in its 26th year, a revamped CCAS is launching on Monday 6th July 2020 to recognise and reward achievements in the following areas; “Resource and Circular Economy”, “Plastic Free City”, “Air Quality and Climate Action” and also “Communication and Engagement”. 

www.ccaslondon.co.uk

 

Covid-19 City Streets update form the City of London Corporation
 
We are writing to provide an update of the next phase of work that will be delivered by the City of London Corporation as part of the Covid-19 City Streets project. Temporary changes to streets have been implemented over the summer. These provide safer spaces for people walking and cycling, queuing outside shops and offices to socially distance, and support businesses in their return to work.
 
The next phase of work will be delivered over September/October and will provide temporary seating and greening to support food and beverage businesses and create an attractive environment for residents, workers and visitors. These measures will be installed in the following locations:
 
Locations of upcoming changes:*

  • West Smithfield (Rotunda)
  • Cheapside
  • Chancery Lane (Carey Street to Southampton Buildings)
  • Cursitor Street
  • Carter Lane (Creed Lane to Ludgate Broadway)
  • Coleman Street (Great Bell Alley to Coleman Street Buildings)
  • Creechurch Lane (City Cluster area)
  • Long Lane (Aldersgate Street to Lindsey Street)
  • Middlesex Street
  • Eastcheap
*Some sites may be changed or added in the near future
 
Key benefits of the changes:
  • Provide greening and seating to allow those who live, work and visit to enjoy public spaces across the City.
  • Provide facilities to all including users of food and beverage businesses. This will also support businesses in adapting to social distancing requirements by providing outdoor seating space.
  • Facilitate the use of public spaces in a safe manner.

 
Full detail of the changes can be seen in the Phase 3 Committee Report and our website will continue to be updated throughout this period.  
 
Additional temporary cycle parking

The City Corporation is also aiming to provide up to 700 new temporary cycle parking spaces across the Square Mile as part of our transport response to Covid-19. Installation of these spaces is set to take place over the autumn.
 
Guidance for managing deliveries and servicing

Please find a link to our Covid-19: City Streets Guidance for managing deliveries and servicing.
This guidance note has been produced to help City businesses understand the measures that can be taken to minimise the impact of their deliveries and servicing on the City’s streets. The guidance has been tailored for each type of business and is broken down into delivery, waste and servicing sections. In the short term these actions will help support safe social distancing as people return to the Square Mile, in the long term the changes will help to deliver safer, healthier streets in line with the aims and objectives in the City Corporation’s Transport Strategy.

Have your say

Our online survey is available here for street users to comment on the street changes. The above measures will be added to the survey once they have been implemented on-street. If you have any questions please email citytransportation@cityoflondon.gov.uk.  

 
Update from Transport for London (TfL) - A10 Bishopsgate corridor and London Bridge update
 
On Wednesday 16 September 2020 TfL will be extending the closure of London Bridge following essential maintenance works undertaken by the City of London Corporation. Those works excluded all traffic except buses, licensed taxis, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians on a 24/7 basis to enable the works. TfL’s new proposals retain the same arrangements for excluding other traffic, but amend the hours so that general traffic would be prevented from crossing the bridge between 7am-7pm Monday to Friday.
This extended closure forms part of TfL’s wider Streetspace programme which aims to create more space for people to safely walk or cycle which is required as London emerges from the coronavirus lockdown and as people begin to return to work and travel more frequently.  It will address footway congestion on London Bridge and at key junctions, enable safer and more attractive cycling, and improve bus progression along the corridor.  TfL anticipate an increase in customers arriving at London Bridge station wanting to continue their onward journeys around London by foot or bicycle as lockdown measures are eased and limited public transport capacity is utilised by those who need it most.
As part of the essential maintenance works on London Bridge, resurfacing work has been carried out and a segregated cycleway, bus lane and general traffic lane has been provided in each direction.
Once completed, the new Streetspace scheme on London Bridge will provide the following benefits:
  • Address the public health issues raised by the return of substantial numbers moving between London Bridge Station and the borough area and the City
  • Improved conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers to avoid an increase in car use
  • Improved conditions around Borough High Street, Southwark Street and Tooley Street (LB Southwark) due to traffic reduction.
  • Improved journey times and journey time reliability for bus passengers
  • Less through traffic should result in reduced air and noise pollution
  • Improved journey times for customers travelling in taxis 
This scheme is the second phase of the Shoreditch High Street to London Bridge corridor, which was activated earlier this week. For detail please see here – Bishopsgate.

Next steps
 
Although TfL are not undertaking a formal consultation on this scheme, they will be monitoring the effects of the Streetspace programme over the coming months and hope many of the schemes they’re introducing could become permanent additions to London’s walking and cycling network.
 
If you have any comments or suggestions for changes and improvements that TfL might make, please email TfL at streetspacelondon@tfl.gov.uk
 
TFL Webinars

To assist businesses as they welcome their employees back to the workplace, we are hosting a series of webinars that focus on our plan to manage the return of customers to the network. There are 5 sessions each covering a different aspect of our work to deliver a clean, reliable and orderly transport service. Please use this link for details of each session and how to register.
 
 

Events

The Ward of Cheap Club (“WoCC”) in Partnership with the Cheapside Business Alliance (“CBA”); Invitation to a virtual Business Tea-Time Talk


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